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Southern Makers in Montgomery This Weekend

Celebrating creativity in Alabama, Southern Makers is a one-day event on May 5 that will bring together handpicked top talent from chefs, farmers, breweries, artists, architects and designers all in one place. Attendees will easily get a sampling of Alabama’s best.

Rich with history in textiles, food, farming, literature, art and design, Southern Makers will explore Alabama’s artsy side with moderated conversation series, artist talks, cooking demonstrations and tastings, workshops and a Market Place Bazaar featuring wares and goods from talented Southern artisans and chefs. All proceeds from the event will benefit E.A.T. South, a nonprofit that encourages healthy lifestyles through education and sustainable food production in urban areas throughout the Southeast.

Kicking off May 3 with a meet and greet at Montgomery’s urban Downtown Farm, Southern Makers Market Place Bazaar, tastings, conversation series and workshops will all take place on Saturday at downtown’s historic Train Shed and Union Station along the Alabama River. Workshops include Sewing with Alabama Chanin at 2:30 p.m. at the Visitors Center, when participants can work directly with D.I.Y. guru Natalie Chanin and members of her design team to learn various stitching techniques, tips and tricks. Other sessions will include those on foraging your food with professional forager Chris Bennett, urban bee keeping, cheese production, pottery and home brewing.

To learn more about Montgomery’s revitalized downtown, status as a Southern food destination and literary history, read our Travel story New Year, New Montgomery.

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